Professional development

Decision made: the new Insight Edge

Decisions are made every day by managers – some easy, some tough. The way in which decisions are made will be influenced by an organisation's structure, procedures and policies, and more subtly by its culture and politics.

Decision-making is one of the most crucial challenges for managers. A global survey of CEOs cited by John Adair found that the 'ability to take decisions' was rated as the most important of 25 attributes required by senior managers.

During my regular discussions with Corporate and Professional AIM Members there’s become a noticeable demand for professional development content. Indeed, it’s a professional body’s job to offer solutions that inform and improve its Members, providing the environment and opportunity to develop new skills, fill knowledge gaps, and build on existing ability.

So when the opportunity arose to recreate Insight Edge into a professional development newsletter the decision was an easy one.  I made it straight away. My consultation with Members was evidence enough.

The centrepiece of AIM’s online professional development is the Leadership Direct platform. Logging in through the Member portal you can access hundreds of videos, models, checklists, articles and self-paced learning journeys all related to management and leadership development.

The new Insight Edge will align its content around the Leadership Direct platform, focusing on a different management skill every month and offering a selection of materials to suit individual learning styles. 

This month is all about Decision Making.  You can’t always make the right decision (we’re human after all), and sometimes the wrong decision has major professional or personal consequences. But is there a way, a process, that will help you make better decisions? I hope the materials featured in this month’s edition shine’s a light on this topic and in doing so, helps you in your management journey to make the right decisions.

HAVE YOU LISTENED TO OUR PODCAST?

The Insight Edge podcast is proving a successful way for Members to learn about leadership from the Australian Institute of Management.

This week we’re looking at trade delegations: What should you expect? Do they deliver? And how do you prepare? We talk to BRIC and China expert David Thomas, CEO of Think Global.

David has been facilitating business relationships between developed and emerging countries in various capacities for thirty years. He has led a number of trade missions into Asia, with a special focus on China.

We asked David, do trade delegations deliver for small and medium sized businesses? Listen here online, or subscribe to the full series on iTunes, here

 

I hope you enjoy and I look forward to your feedback.

Yours Sincerely,

Sam Bell FAIM

AIM General Manager of Policy and Advocacy

Leadership

It’s still a man’s world, even on International Women’s Day.

It’s still a man’s world, even on International Women’s Day.

This was the verdict of audience at the Melbourne AIM IWD Great Debate, who voted almost unanimously for the positive team’s case that Australia in 2017 is still a man’s world.
This was the verdict of audience at the Melbourne AIM IWD Great Debate, who voted almost unanimously for the positive team’s case that Australia in 2017 is still a man’s world.

leadership

Introducing Insight Edge for 2017

Introducing Insight Edge for 2017

Welcome to the new professional development newsletter.
Welcome to the new professional development newsletter.

team-building

Tools for team-building

Tools for team-building

There are a large range of tools out there to assist with team-building. AIM's Team Management Profile is a tool that addresses the needs of the individual and their team.
There are a large range of tools out there to assist with team-building. AIM's Team Management Profile is a tool that addresses the needs of the individual and their team.

Teamwork

Building high-performing teams

Building high-performing teams

Building teams that are effective and efficient can be a long and complicated process. Make sure you and your colleagues are meeting the most crucial factors of a high-performing team.
Building teams that are effective and efficient can be a long and complicated process. Make sure you and your colleagues are meeting the most crucial factors of a high-performing team.

strategy

How policy can support your strategy

How policy can support your strategy

All organisations need a strategy. But they also need a plan to implement that strategy. Policy is one way to turn your strategy into a reality.
All organisations need a strategy. But they also need a plan to implement that strategy. Policy is one way to turn your strategy into a reality.

leadership

From the Knowledge Centre

From the Knowledge Centre

A selection of useful digital and print resources on building effective teams and setting strategy from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries ...
A selection of useful digital and print resources on building effective teams and setting strategy from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries ...

meetings

Meetings: Why you're almost always wasting your time

Meetings: Why you're almost always wasting your time

We've all been in meetings that have dragged on and not addressed any of the issues they were designed to solve. If meetings are so often inefficient, why do we still have them?
We've all been in meetings that have dragged on and not addressed any of the issues they were designed to solve. If meetings are so often inefficient, why do we still have them?

decision making

From the Knowledge Centre

From the Knowledge Centre

A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.
A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.